Child ID Child Identification Program

Our Mission

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IS A PRIORITY for parents, law enforcement agencies, day care centers, preschools, and other childcare providers. Your Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to teaching residents how they can protect their little ones and be prepared should an emergency occur.
Our Child ID program was created in 2003 and consists of a card printer, laptop computer, video camera, and fingerprint capture device. Officers volunteer to create durable plastic identification cards for kids at family community events.

The cards contain the child’s photo, thumbprint, height, weight, date of birth, other vital information, and tips on what to do in case of emergencies. The cards are credit card-sized, making them easy to fit into a wallet or purse so parents can carry them at all times.

In the event that a child gets lost or becomes missing, the parents will have a document containing all of the child’s vital information, allowing them to immediately provide law enforcement officials with the key facts needed to start a search. The card also provides documentation of the child’s right thumbprint should it ever be necessary to identify the child. The information in the Corrections awareness identification booklet will also assist in finding and identifying the child.

For children two and over, we recommended parents update the cards yearly. For infants and toddlers up to two years old, we recommend having a new card made every six months because of the rapid appearance changes as they grow.

Cards can be issued for children up to the age of 16 and the completed cards are retained by the parent or guardian.

In addition to providing Child ID’s at certain events, Lorain County residents can bring their children to the lobby at the Sheriff’s Office on Murray Ridge Road the first Wednesday of every month from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm for free printing.

The Child ID Program is only available for family orientated community events, for information on scheduling a Child ID event contact Captain Jack Hammond at 440-329-3844.